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ERIC Number: EJ866246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Youth Cultures, Activism and Agency: Revisiting Feminist Debates
Kennelly, Jacqueline Joan
Gender and Education, v21 n3 p259-272 May 2009
Following the invitation issued by the London Feminist Salon Collective in the pages of "Gender and Education", this paper offers further theoretical suggestions for understanding agency. Based on an ethnographic study with young people engaged in activist politics, I offer a conception of agency that is at its core "relational". I build this theoretical contribution upon a lineage of feminist theorising about the nature of agency, which began in debates about poststructuralism/postmodernism but have since moved to incorporate Pierre Bourdieu's cultural sociological approach. I suggest that while previous theorising has been enormously important for yielding insights into the possibilities for agency, it has not adequately accounted for the "everyday means" by which agency takes place. My empirical work highlights one of the modalities through which young people come to take political action--that is, through relational processes. I suggest that such an understanding about agency can further illuminate the means by which progressive and feminist goals might be reached. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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